Friday, February 22, 2008

Week 8 of year 2008 on the double bass

17 Feb 2008, Sun: Orchestra rehearsal was held in the afternoon. In the evening, I practised Eccles' Sonata in g minor, and I needed more concentration.

20 Feb 2008, Wed: Double bass sectional is always something to look forward to. For the sectional, we worked on Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major and Pirates of the Carribbean.

For the orchestra rehearsal, we rehearsed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony amongst others. By the end of the orchestra, I felt pretty tired.

21 Feb 2008, Thu: During double bass lesson, my tutor got me to play the second and fourth movement of Marcello's Sonata in G major. I wonder why he usually doesn't get me to play the slower movements. I personally find the slower movements so much harder to play that the faster movements.

Anyway, I also worked on playing Keyper's Romance and Rondo. I was told to play each and every note in this work with control. That means playing at a more moderate tempo.

Exams this year?
I am undecided whether to sit for DipABRSM this year, or to do so next year. If I were to do it this year, my tutor said I could move on to more advanced pieces next year while securing a Diploma for myself in a shorter time. I was hoping to spend more time to improve my level of playing and also worked on more advanced pieces without having the pressure to practise for examinations. One thing for sure, I still need to improve on sight-reading. I don't think I am comfortable with sight-reading at diploma level yet to score a good grade for the examinations.

In addition, my music theory tutor urged me to consider sitting for the diploma examinations of other music examination boards. I realised I can get more indecisive with too many choices.

22 Feb 2008, Fri: Rather late in the night, I worked on the difficult passages from the second movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I practised the passages slower than the usual tempo so as to get my fingers to remember the fingerings.

I don't think I will practise on 23 Feb 2008. A break from practising would be needed. I need time to work on a homework on harmony, music theory. Next week will be a hectic week for me still.


mistipurple said...

ABRSM is harder to pass. no harm trying the other boards. the pieces for diploma may be all about the same i think. it's a good motivation to secure a pass or merit/distinction with the others eg., Guildhall, LCM, Trinity, and maybe the Australian board (forgot the name). i have lost a bit of touch with the latest. but these are the known few. i have submitted lots of entrants in the past, and have recommended friends, so i know the chances compared. *wink*

mistipurple said...

and.... THANKS!!!!!! :)

oceanskies79 said...

I have looked through the other exam boards, the syllabus are not quite the same. Components for the performance diploma differ slightly between the exams board. But most importantly, I think I have to learn how to express myself more musically on the double bass.

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